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IHDA executive director says her organization’s investments created 7,400 jobs in 2016

Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Audra Hamernik spoke about her organization’s efforts to expand affordable housing opportunities for Illinois residents during a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday.


Treasurer Frerichs says his office remains busy despite absence of state budget

The lack of state budget has not left the state Treasurer’s Office with a lack of work, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs explained during a City Club of Chicago even on Wednesday.


City Club panel stresses importance of human services in midst of budget crisis

Presenters at a recent City Club of Chicago luncheon argued it was important to raise awareness about the importance of human services in Illinois as organizations struggle in the absence of a state budget.


U of C Crime Lab director: Conflict resolution might be key to combating violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Jens Ludwig suggested that finding new to ways to promote peaceful conflict resolution might be a crucial step to lowering violence in Chicago while speaking as part of a Chicago Club of Chicago panel last week.


Dillard: Trump presidency could provide unexpected benefits to mass transit

Regional Transportation Authority Board of Directors Chairman Kirk Dillard on Monday said his organization is “cautiously optimistic” that president-elect Donald Trump has an infrastructure plan that includes his organization.

Dillard leads an organization that oversees the second largest public transportation system in the U.S. The RTA serves 8 million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.


Illinois CIO says state making progress on efforts to become leader in technology

Hardik Bhatt, Illinois’ chief information officer and the secretary designate of the states’ Department of Innovation and Technology, has spent the last 19 months leading efforts to update Illinois’ IT operations and make the state a leader in technology.


ComEd CEO says Chicago must invest in energy future

ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore on Monday said her company is working with lawmakers on new legislative that would help Chicago become a clean and sustainable energy leader, positioning the city and Illinois for future economic success.


U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly sees ‘lame duck’ session as opportunity for compromise on gun reform

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly is hoping the end of the bitter and divisive presidential election will provide Congress with an opportunity to revive stalled gun reform legislation, she said in a recent interview with the Daily Whale.


Over 61 percent of state legislative races already decided

Illinois voters will have an opportunity to cast ballots in over 150 state legislative races this November, but many of those elections appear to have already been decided.

Only one candidate will appear on the general election ballot in 97 of the 158 state House and Senate races this year. All 118 House seats are up for election, but just 41 percent of those races have two candidates. The 70 House candidates without a challenger include 43 Democrats and 27 Republicans.


Race director: Bank of America Chicago Marathon generated $277 million for Chicago economy, $18.7 million for charity in 2015

With just 10 days until the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski on Thursday discussed the growing influence of the marathon beyond the race course while speaking at a City Club of Chicago breakfast event.